jrock, I like how the right-wing nut you responded to tried to cheat. He wanted to argue that Obamacare drove prices up. So, he tried to use the fact that it LOWERED reimbursement rates - lowered the prices - to argue that that 'lowered supply', and then that 'increasing demand while lowering supply' increases costs. What a clever boy.
Of course, he was wrong. Obamacare DID lower the reimbursements - but it didn't simply take the profits out of the system and reduce supply. He did it through negotiations the suppliers AGREED to by giving them things them wanted in exchange, most notably, the increase of more profitable patients - healy patients to offset those with -re-existing conditions.
That was done by the addition of a penalty for anyone who did not buy healthcare, increasing the number of healthy buyers. It all worked.
So of course, Republicans, always out to entirely destroy the ACA and all its protections for the American people, immediately tried to destroy it.
One of the ways they did was by gutting that penalty for not buying a plan as soon as thye gained power - suddenly the larger pool of healthy patients to fund the system dried up. Bingo, the Republicans cheered every bit of harm that did the system, cheered every insurer who left the market, tried to run on the end of the penalty as a political issue.
Another way they tried to kill it was to vote to entirely repeal it - over 50 times. Once they had control of all the branches, trump spent his first year trying, and they came within one vote of repealing all of it, including pre-existing conditions.
Another way they tried to kill it was to get the radial right-wing court they'd installed to strike it down. They's paid for that court and expected a return. Again they came one vote from striking it all down, including pre-existing conditions, but only got a partial victory because of a surprise vote by Roberts.
Because of that, they WERE able to strike down the mandatory Medicaid expansion to ensure millions of low-income Americans, but states gained the right to refuse the expansion, and a large majority of red states did so, denying healthcare to millions of their own citizens, while blue states insured far more of their citizens.
The bottom line on the garbage argument you responded to about cost increases is just to look at the results - the initial results were that under the ACA, premium increases went down to the lowest rates in 60 years. All the problems Republicans have cause have increased that somewhat, but it's still lowering costs.
So no, his argument that lowering the prices on healthcare increases the cost, has not been correct. But it does give him full membership in the trump cult, the shrinking group about to lose an election badly in part because they support the billionaires making healthcare unaffordable so they can get even richer on borrowed tax cuts.